Mad Catz M.O.J.O. Is a Pricey Game Console for Android Nerds

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Okay, let’s be honest, hardly anyone’s going to spend $250 for a game console that runs Android — not when the same money could get you a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. But you’ve got to respect Mad Catz for trying with the M.O.J.O.

The Android-based box goes on sale this December for $250, and is up for pre-orders now.

The M.O.J.O. is trying to be a deluxe version of the Android game console. Basically, it has the guts of a high-end smartphone, with an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage. Around back, the M.O.J.O. has HDMI output, two USB inputs, Ethernet and a micro-SD card slot. An included controller has a full set of thumbsticks, buttons and triggers, plus a “travel clip” that you can use with a smartphone, turning it into a portable gaming device (similar to the Moga Pro).

While other Android-based microconsoles like Ouya and GameStick have created their own app stores and interfaces, the M.O.J.O. runs straight up Android 4.2. While it won’t exactly be a slick, TV-friendly interface, it does allow you to load up your existing game collection from the Google Play Store, without having to re-purchase anything. And we’ll assume that if you’re dropping $250 on an Android gaming box, you won’t be easily frustrated if the experience isn’t seamless . (The controller also includes a “mouse mode” for dealing with games that haven’t been fully-optimized for the controller.)

What would you actually play on this thing? Emulators, simple shooters like Dead Trigger, platformers like Sonic the Hedgehog 4 and console re-releases like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Expendable: Rearmed. I imagine it could be fun for quick, snack-like gaming, but that price tag makes it a tough sell.

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zero11534
zero11534

I like how Amazon has it for 249.99 (oh no it's under 250 dollars what a JOKE) . So it can stream movies and TV just like XBMC can on the OUYA or other Android devices. If it's just 4.2.2 why not take my Tablet hook it up to my TV and connect the controller to it. What makes this device worth the price tag? I can not find a thing, at least the Game Stick and Ouya have a custom designed interface and the Ouya has a touch pad (not the best only 1 finger and no gesturing but a step in the right direction).  I don't care about re-buying my games most are under 10 dollars anyways so the Play store is great but most of those games won't work properly with out a touch pad and the ones that do support the controllers are buggy and laggy, I would rather pay a developer to report the game for me so that I have a close to seamless experience playing the game.

If this console was 130 or below I would purchase it however I just bought a NEW Wii U for 250 with much better spec and yes greater support, I can justify the Xbox One and this thing and we all know which system will win out. There does not seem to be enough bang for my buck; again with GameStick and Ouya they cost 100 or less and they support netflix (side loaded) Amazon store (side loaded but it works) XBMC and USB storage for games purchased from their store (as of 11/21/2013 thanks to the Abdominal Snowman update for OUYA), Emulators, Roms and most apks from Google (if you use the APK). Again this is a GREAT idea cost is just to much. Plus it's Ugly as hell!



http://www.amazon.com/M-O-J-O-Micro-Console-Android-Not-Machine-Specific/dp/B00FM5IS48/ref=sr_1_68?ie=UTF8&qid=1385103353&sr=8-68&keywords=OUYA

dan.martino3
dan.martino3

What this article fails to mention is that in addition to acting like a game console- MOJO also wirelessly connects any IP address hardware you own directly into your TV. 

Got a movie on your laptop, computer, external harddrive- no problem watching it in the living room. 

Get with the 'Times'- this thing isn't a gaming console- it's the missing link to putting everything on your living room TV!

 at $250- it's worth the buy.


SparticusMaximus
SparticusMaximus

...fail! Why would u release a game console that only does what an already irrelevant failed game console does (ouya)? I guess this junk has to be made. I don't know who its for really. You can get a ps3 for 200 now and even throw in a roku or similar device for 250. The price on this should be about 100 no more than 130 just because I'm assuming the controller can be used on ur android phone and PC also.

JerryVanSuchtelen
JerryVanSuchtelen

@dan.martino3 Hi, their are cheaper devices that do the same thing.  This is 250 dollars for something that should have way more than what they are offering.  How about a 240gb SSD or maybe a device that doesnt look like a billows for a forge.  I got a movie on my laptop, i can stream it to my 50 dollar xbmc machine no problem.  Seriously, 250 bucks.  Anyone remember NeoGeo? Of course not, it was 500 dollars in the 90s that nobody paid for.